The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

The play revolves around one main plot and three sub-plots. The main plot centres on the question of mercy and forgiveness as seen in the relationship between Antonio, the kind Christian, and Shylock, the unrelenting Jew. The three subplots revolve around the romances of Portia and Bassanio (the most important couple in the play), of Lorenzo and Jessica, and of Gratiano and Nerissa (the least important couple of the play). All four plots are bound by the threads of love, generosity, friendship, and the wise use of money, which are the ideals of the Elizabethan society. The plots are also reflective of one another. Antonio's love for Bassanio is
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Jessica is prepared to become a Christian for Lorenzo, she wants to end this argument and become his wife - "but though I am a daughter to his blood I am not to his manners" and "if thou keep promise, I shall end this strife, become a Christian and thy loving wife", during these scenes we see shylock as both a villain and a victim, he is seen as a victim because Jessica is going to leave him so he would loose a big part in his life, but he can also be seen as a villain because of the way he must of treated Jessica to make her feel that she wants to move out and elope with Lorenzo and talk about talk about shylock in the way and context that she does makes us realize that shylock is more of a villain. Jessica wishes to elope with Lorenzo and she is madly in love with him, however she realises that shylock will not approve with it and so she is going to escape.

Later on in the play shylock realises that Jessica has eloped with Lorenzo, he is furious with the fact that he has lost his daughter, lost all his money and jewels, and that she has gone behind his back and faith and fled with a Christian and became one too - "my daughter!, o my ducats!, o my daughter!, fled with a Christian!, o my Christian ducats!, justice!, the law!, my ducats and my daughter!" in this scene we see shylock more as a villain than a victim, the reason for this is that shylock must have
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